QoH - The Infant Humanity

The Humanity itself is a fundamental subject for the UN’s SDGs, - yet being most abstract and theoretical. We simply do not know what we are, how we develop or is going to be. It seems overwhelming, though, trying to imagine how a fully integrated humanity will perceive, reason and interact globally. However, this month is the last one before a new year, called advent, the time for caring for a newborn in troubled times. In such light, this thesis is made, supposing that the Humanity is like an infant living being. Such an abstract and alienated hypothesis will be related to some models developed in previous blogs, like UU20160513, as well as continued this decade through.

Terms of humanity are rather focused on human ethics than a collective human being. The reason might be that we have not considered the humanity as an existing being yet, but rather as abstract hypotheses. Thus, this attempt to concretize such hypotheses needs to synthesis some global ethics of humanity with the development human biology and cyber-technology. That comprises this so-called 4th Industrial and Social Reforms (revolutions), - that basically comprises cyber-technology and biology.

Still, the ethics of ‘humanity’ is not clearly defined, but rather relate to terms like; human beings as a group, human race, mankind, humankind, human conditions, human nature and collective human quality. Thus, ‘humanity’ is considered as one of consistent seven virtues (temperance, prudence, courage, justice, faith, hope and charity). The humanity virtue is mostly related to basic ethics of altruism (unselfishness), love and compassion, - but differ from mere justice, though. Such humanist philosophies stem from Aristoteles and was revitalized in the Renaissance period. Now, the humanism is constituted by most united nations as the ‘human rights’ (HR) – and extended to the global Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The first SDGs are simply the classic HR, the midst concern our globe and the latter our civilizations.

Such a development of the humanity will probably not be completed in this decade though. The perspectives should rather be in centuries or even a millennium. Still, the UN SDGs are a vital start for the quality of the infant humanity. However, the terms of human development are not quite the same for the development of humanity. For example, the term, infant means speechless and is a formal synonym for the common term baby, or juvenile of other organisms. The term applies typically for 1-2 years, yet 4-7 years in English, and up to 18 years in legal terms. The time-spans for the humanity is far longer and uncertain, though.

The most important organ for any lifeform is the center of the neural system (the brain). It is usually located close to the sense organs. Each of billions of neurons in the human brain are connected by synapses are intra-connected to thousands and communicate by signal pulses via fibers. Physiologically, the human brains exert centralized control over a body's organs. This allows rapid and coordinated responses, reflexes, as well as sophisticated purposeful control of behavior based on complex sensory input that require information integrating capabilities.

Still, we do not understand how the brain cells cooperate in millions, although we do know the operations of the individual cells. Recent models in modern neuroscience consider the brain as a biological computer. That is very different in mechanism from an electronic computer, though, - but similar somehow since it acquires information from the surrounding world, stores it, and processes it in a variety of ways. Likewise, we humans are interconnected, interoperative and interdependent, which proves that humanity act like an organism – individually as well as collectively. Thus, humanity should be considered as an interrelated hybrid, in the sense that our shared qualities also have similarities like: the Internet is like the neural network, bigdata is like our memory, thinking is like cpu operations, neural perceptions like the Internet of Things (IoT), reflexes like communities’ emergency systems, etc.

Conclusively, “I think, therefore I am” (Cogito, ergo sum) is a fundamental statement of Western philosophy on human intellect and self-awareness. A similar principle “We think, therefore we am“ should apply to the present Humanity as well as any individual human. This blog is thereby the introduction of a new thesis and UU theme called ‘the Quality of Humanity’ (QoH). The following blogs is therefore dedicated the synthesis of SDG, QoH and several previous theses.

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